Hartlepool-based expanded metal mesh manufacturer, The Expanded Metal Company, has taken on three new apprentices as part of its ongoing commitment to workforce development. Thomas Harvey, 17 and Daniel Wearmouth, 18, from Hartlepool have joined The Expanded Metal Company as apprentice machine setters, while Ben Job, 21, from Newcastle, has joined the company in the position of apprentice tool setter. They will support in the manufacture of metal mesh products.